[ kroo-shee-it, -eyt ]
/ ˈkru ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt /


shaped like a cross; cross-shaped.
Botany. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard.
Entomology. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects.


Nearby words

  1. crucial,
  2. cruciality,
  3. crucially,
  4. crucian,
  5. crucian carp,
  6. cruciate anastomosis,
  7. cruciate ligament,
  8. cruciate ligament of knee,
  9. cruciate muscle,
  10. crucible

Origin of cruciate

1675–85; < New Latin cruciātus, equivalent to Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -ātus -ate1

Related formscru·ci·ate·ly, adverbpost·cru·ci·ate, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cruciate


/ (ˈkruːʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /


shaped or arranged like a crosscruciate petals


  1. short for cruciate ligament
  2. (as modifier)cruciate problems
Derived Formscruciately, adverb

Word Origin for cruciate

C17: from New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux cross

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Word Origin and History for cruciate



"cross-shaped," from Modern Latin cruciatus, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "cross" (see cross (n.)). Obsolete meaning "tormented" is 1530s, from Latin cruciat-, past participle stem of cruciare "cause pain or anguish to," literally "crucify," from crux.

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Medicine definitions for cruciate


[ krōōshē-āt′ ]


Having the form of a cross, as in certain ligaments of the knee.
Arranged in or forming a cross, as for a bandage.
Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.

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